I’m back with the second part of our adventures at the fair! After the girls saw the rodeo, we joined up with the boys and visited several other shows and attractions. Plus we got some food, because how is it a fair without food? 😉 Enjoy some shots of a chainsaw artist, a unicycle rider, racing pigs, and more!
We shall begin with a picture of my entire family looking extremely confused. :’D HAHA. They were using the complicated fair map to figure out how to get to the next attraction.
Eventually they figured it out, and we made it to the chainsaw artist! Have you seen one before? They carve amazingly intricate sculptures with just chainsaws. O.o Admittedly, he used different sizes of blades and not just your normal large one, but still, it was pretty amazing (and loud) to watch! Can you guess what he’s carving here?
Yep, it’s a horse! :O It looks pretty neat here, but wait till you see some of his finished sculptures…
SEE! I mean HOW?? It’s incredible! I’m sure he cleans it up and adds details with wood-burning tools, but still! Not many people could carve that with normal tools, I wouldn’t think. I couldn’t, anyway. XD
Whoa, this one is so neat! Not exactly sure where you would put a sculpture like this, though. Ha ha!
Next we stopped briefly at a blacksmith’s stand; the guy was making a knife from a file. We saw some already completed ones and they looked great! Just think – that’s the way they used to make so many things (if not everything) from metal. Wow.
We strolled over to an antiques or vintage tent, where two elderly men were intent on some game I couldn’t recognize, involving dice and a wooden board. It amused me to watch them play so seriously in the middle of the large crowds of people flowing around them.
I noticed a crowd gathered in one area and stopped to watch what was happening. Apparently it was some German guy who did tricks and rode a unicycle. I’m not exactly sure what his program was, but it was quite entertaining! Here, he’s asking two little boys throw him things to juggle with while on a unicycle.
Good gracious, it seems rather difficult to balance on such a tall and precarious vehicle!
We liked this show since it was actual real skill instead of just hyped-up illusions like a lot of fair shows are. Also, as I mentioned, he threw in plenty of hilarious comments in a strong accent.
By this time it was getting close to supper, but we had decided to eat somewhere on the way home; thus we just got snacks to hold us over. Like funnel cakes! You can’t not get a funnel cake at a fair, right? My brother also got deep fried oreos. Bleh, I’ve had them before and didn’t care for them because they’re just SO rich and sweet. What do you think?
The weather was absolutely perfect, so I don’t know how much business the lemonade stands got. I’m sure not as much as they did in previous days when it was swelteringly hot!
I found this stand selling corn patties with cheese, or “arepas.” Since I’d never had one and they sounded pretty good, I bought myself one. It was pretty bland but tasty, at least for the first half or so. I got pretty tired of it toward the end. XD I’m glad I tried one, though! I’m sure an authentic arepa would taste much better.
Mom and Carmen saved spots for us at the pig races while we went to get our food. Unfortunately, it was NOT worth the huge, deafening crowd, tons of ads, and limited space to see a few pigs run around a tiny track. Meh.
Most anti-climactic. But oh well, that was an experience, I guess! XD We left before the last round, which, we heard later, was the funny “punch-line”: pigs that they’d been saying were so fast they were just a blur, but in reality were old, fat ones that hardly even moved. But we got tired of it before that, so oops.
As one last stop, we checked out the petting zoo/livestock barn. These poor ducks must have been feeling as weary as I was after so many crowds swarming around them for a whole day. :’D Aren’t they cute, though?
We also witnessed the most fluffiest chicken in the world. Yes, I realize that was poor grammar, but LOOK! I was like, “A WILLOW CHICKEN!” (I used to have a super fluffy, angora-like gray rabbit named Willow.)
Mom was fascinated by the unusual feather pattern on this breed. Isn’t it interesting? It looks like someone outlined the feathers with Sharpie and then colored them in. It’s amazing how many breeds of chickens there are – all of them more interesting than the boring white broiler-breeders we used to raise. 😛
I shall close this post with a few photos of the fair at night. That’s the most impressive time, I think – the darkness covers the trash and ugly buildings and just lets the colorful lights shine through.
Ooh, I really like the way I edited this one! I think it captures the feel of a fair, how its brilliant, colorful little pop-up world makes the real world seem dull outside it.
Annnd I’ll end with the best picture of the Ferris Wheel I got. I wish I’d gotten a closer one because those are one of the most aesthetic parts of fairs to me, but oh well! I still like this one.
And that’s pretty much the extent of our fair adventures this year! Check out Part 1 here if you haven’t yet. Otherwise, I’d love to know…
Which of these photos or attractions did you like best? What’s your favorite part of a fair? Have you tried an arepa before, or do you prefer some other fair food?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm lens. Edited with picmonkey.com.